Speeches from politicians in vic

  • With regard to the motion brought by Mrs Peulich, who I note is not in the chamber and has not been since she gave her opening speech on the motion, I have to say that my overall comment on the motion is the absolute hypocrisy of Mrs Peulich bringing this motion to the chamber about the falling student enrolments in the training system, the effects on TAFE student enrolments, contestable funding, staffing et cetera. She is somehow implying by this motion that TAFE is faring worse under this current government than it did under the previous government. Having said that, it really is astonishing to see a member of the Liberal coalition government bring in a motion here trying to somehow defend TAFE when their performance over the last four years was to basically not support TAFE. I have got in my hand here a ream of evidence to support that.
  • The bill — for the first time in Australia, we are told — prohibits intentionally or recklessly operating remotely piloted aircraft and helicopters or drones and the possession of remotely piloted aircraft at or in the vicinity of prisons; residential facilities, like Corella Place; and youth justice facilities unless there is a reasonable excuse.
  • PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) — I move: That the Council take note of the report. And it is a pleasure today to present the second report of the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee into the financial and performance outcomes. This is the second time that the committee has held hearings into these matters. The secretaries, deputy secretaries and other staff of the seven departments attended the hearings and also provided quite a lot of information on surveys, and I say that not by way of criticism but in the spirit of there always being room for improvement as to the timing of the receipt of that information and what is contained in it.
  • Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) — It is somewhat disappointing to be going over old ground here with this particular motion.
  • Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) — I am pleased to speak on the motion that Mr Davis has put forward today with regard to the Markham estate, which is a motion in four parts. In essence the motion is about the lack of consultation with regard to the proposed redevelopment by Places Victoria — I presume now by Development Victoria; the privatisation of part of that public estate at this site in Ashburton; and that the City of Boroondara is best placed to be and should be the responsible authority for any planning decisions affecting the development of the Markham estate.
  • PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) — On 2 May Mr Purcell made a members statement in support of the Warrnambool May Racing Carnival, a three-day racing carnival in which he said the Grand Annual Steeplechase, which is over 5500 metres and has a world record 33 jumps, is a highlight. I have to disagree with Mr Purcell; I find that type of race to be nothing short of animal abuse.
  • This week has been declared the fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week...
  • My adjournment matter tonight is for the Minister for Planning. It is in relation to the City of Knox...
  • Firstly, I think it is important to talk to the foreshadowed amendments. Before I do that, I ask that they be circulated...
  • I rise to speak on the Building Amendment (Enforcement and Other Measures) Bill 2016. This bill provides some badly needed improvements to the regulatory framework...
  • My question is for the Special Minister of State representing the Premier.
  • With the announcement by Australian Sustainable Hardwoods that it will be conducting a staged closure of the Heyfield mill due to an insufficient supply of logs from VicForests...
  • (1) what assessments are conducted for prisoners upon entry to each prison to assess the level of drug treatment that is needed;
  • This morning a large number of Melbourne cyclists gathered on the steps of Parliament House in support of the 'A Metre Matters' legislation. I would like to congratulate my colleague, Samantha Dunn, and her office on their fantastic work on the A Metre Matters campaign, which culminated in the Road Safety Road Rules 2009 (Overtaking Bicycles) Bill 2015, which Ms Dunn herself described as a catchy title.
  • The Greens also will support the motion put forward by Ms Wooldridge this morning. As is well known, the Greens have put forward many documents motions over our time here and generally would support documents motions put forward by other members of the Council and other parties because we believe that government needs to be much more open and transparent than it is.